Lorenzo Musetti scored the biggest upset on the opening day of the Sardinia Open in Italy on Monday. The Italian, who received a wildcard in his home event, ousted the eighth-seeded Pablo Cuevas in their first-round match. Musetti won in straight sets 7-6(4), 7-5.
The opening set did not feature any breaks of serve. The second set saw the duo exchange two breaks of serve each before the 18-year-old captured a fifth break of serve to clinch the win. Musetti won 92 points out of the 176 points played while Cuevas won 84 points.
Commenting on the match, after his win, Musetti said, “Pablo is a clay player and a really tough player with a lot of experience. I knew from the beginning it would be really tough tennis”. This is Musetti’s seventh win over a top-100 player.
Sardinia Open: Andrea Pellegrino joins compatriot in the second round
In the pre-quarterfinal, Musetti will take on compatriot Andrea Pellegrino. Pellegrino, who qualified for the main draw, came through the first-round derby against countryman Stefano Travaglia.
Travaglia retired in the final set with a headache. At the time of the world no. 70’s mid-match withdrawal, Pellegrino led 4-6, 7-6(7), 3-0. The other seed who played on Monday, the seventh-seeded Tommy Paul needed three sets to advance to the second round.
The American defeated lucky loser Andrej Martin of Slovakia. Paul dropped the opening set but made a comeback to win 5-7, 6-3, 7-5. In the second round, Paul will play an Italian in either wildcard Marco Cecchinato or Gianluca Mager.
Earlier, the first match of the main draw at the Sardinia Open was won by Jiri Vesely. The Czech, who won the Maharashtra Open in Pune earlier this year, defeated Kamil Majchrzak of Poland. Vesely won in straight sets 6-1, 7-5.
The match featured five breaks of serve, four of which were claimed by Vesely. In the second round, Vesely will take on an Italian, in either fifth seed Lorenzo Sonego or wildcard Giulio Zeppieri.